"We Argentines are not as other people": collaborative learning online in an underserved country

Lamy, Marie-Noëlle (2011). "We Argentines are not as other people": collaborative learning online in an underserved country. In: Levy, Mike; Blin, Françoise; Bradin Siskin, Claire and Takeushi, Osamu eds. WorldCALL: International Perspectives on Computer-Assisted Language Learning. Routledge Studies in Computer Assisted Language Learning (5). Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 257–274.

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Abstract

This is a study of teacher learning on an online course commissioned by an Argentinian University, aimed at in-service language teachers who mainly use transmissive methods, in face-to-face settings. The brief was to raise teachers’ awareness of the potential of web-based technologies for enabling them to deliver interactive, student-centred teaching. To upskill teachers in fulfilment of this brief, a situated learning approach was adopted, and small-group collaboration online was prioritised in the design. The findings show that obstacles to transformation are not teachers’ techno-pedagogical skills. An appreciation of the local context and setting and of institutional cultures are at issue instead.

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